Monday, February 28, 2011

Banana, Oat and Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's my baby's first birthday today, and I don't know if I'm happy or sad about it.  I'm psyched that B and I made it through this first year without too many additional greys or hair that's been pulled out.  And that's saying something, because the little lady put us through the wringer in regards to sleep!  I'm sad because my baby is no longer technically a baby.  She's officially a toddler and although she's been toddling around the house for 3 months now, it's still hard to grasp that she's growing up so quickly.  So, happy birthday baby!

These cookies were not made for her birthday, but they are a cookie that I would feel somewhat ok about letting her eat.  They contain banana and oats, so that makes them healthy, right?  That's what I told myself anyway, as I scarfed down five or so.  These have kind of a cakey texture, as they're really soft, but still are totally cookie.  Everyone that ate these enjoyed them and if you make them I'm sure you will as well.  Remember, there's fruit and grains in them, so you're not cheating on your diet or anything...

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
2/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. thoroughly mashed ripe, or overripe banana (about 2 small bananas)
3/4 c. old-fashioned rolled oats (the ones that take 5 minutes to cook)
1 1/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease two baking sheets with nonstick spray.

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.  Using an electric mixer beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar together until well blended.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until evenly mixed in.  Next, add the banana and then the flour mixture until just evenly incorporated.  Do not overmix.  Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.

Drop onto the prepared baking sheets using a rounded tablespoon, spacing about 2 inches apart.

Bake, one sheet at a time, for 12-14 minutes (14 for me) until lightly browned and barely firm when pressed in the top center.  Transfer the sheet to a wire rack and let cool for 2 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack.  Let cool.

~I personally love these cookies when they're warm and the chocolate chips are all gooey.  They also scream for a glass of milk.

adapted from Nancy Baggett's The All-American Cookie Book

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  1. Happy Birthday to your little girl! I'm sure she loved these healthy cookies. So 5 of these delicious bites is the recommended dosage? Excellent!

  2. Happy Birthday to your little one!!! I am craving one of these cookies!! Great flavor combination!

  3. Happy birthday to you baby and those cookies look amazing!

  4. These sound really good! Can't wait to try them sometime! I've never had a banana cookie before.

  5. What a great combination of flavors. And...happy birthday to your little one!

  6. Happy birthday little one! They do grow up so quickly. My son brought home his registration forms for grade 11 today!!!! ACK! The cookies look great! I hope everyone enjoyed the birthday, and that the sleeping is going better!

  7. Happy Birthfy to your little angel..This cookie is a healthy food for toddlers.

  8. Happy Birthday!!! Mine is 18 months and she has yet to sleep through the you're not alone. :)

    Great cookies, Mama! Enjoy your little one!

  9. Thanks for the birthday wishes for the little lady. We had quite a day celebrating and topped it off with her very own cupcake. Tons of fun!

  10. Aww!! Happy Birthday to you little Girl! I remember my little guys first birthday, it's exciting yet emotional all at the same time! Those cookies look really good too!

  11. Happy Birthday to your lil princess :) I am sure she enjoyed it a lot and the cookies looks gorgeous with great clicks!

  12. Happy B-Day for your little lumpy! She's still a baby. I think they're babies until they're at least 7 :) Wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing!



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